HC Deb 09 November 2000 vol 356 c339W
33. Sir Teddy Taylor

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what was the cost to the UK of the intervention to purchase euros and the additional purchase of euros by his instruction to the Bank of England to sell gold. [135984]

Miss Melanie Johnson

The $2.1 billion proceeds from the gold auctions held to date have been reinvested in interest-bearing foreign currency assets broadly in the proportions 40 per cent. dollars; 40 per cent. euros; and 20 per cent. yen.

The only intervention undertaken, since the euro was launched, was on 22 September 2000 when 85 million was purchased against sterling.

To provide a short-term snapshot of the value of these investments would not be meaningful as it would reflect distortions arising from short-term fluctuations in asset prices and currencies.